Bement board approves donations

Karl Watzlawick and Boy Scout Troop 490 received a $160 donation from the Bement village board to help fund his Eagle Scout project.

Council tables subdivision permits

Monticello aldermen Monday rezoned 32 acres of land for a proposed subdivision, but tabled a measure that would allow homes in Sage Meadows to vary from current zoning setbacks and lot widths.

2017 Allerton concert series announced

The Allerton Park and Retreat Center Concert Series will open for the season on May 13 with a Kids’ Concert featuring Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

Cropsmith in running for $1 million prize

Tim Smith was ahead of the curve when he quit his crop science job at the University of Illinois in 2005 and started his own business to advise farmers on more efficient nitrogen application. Since then, farmers have warmed to the services of Farmer City-based Cropsmith, with his two-person business expanding to nine over the past decade.

County shows population growth

Piatt County was one of the only ones in Illinois that saw population growth between 2015 and 2016.

The biggest loser in new estimates out last week from the U.S. Census Bureau: Cook County, which experienced a population plunge unlike any of America’s 3,141 other counties.

Governor speaks in Monticello

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner promised voters after being elected in 2016 that he was in for the long haul in regards to government reform, and he reaffirmed it at the Piatt County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on March 21 in Monticello.

36! Perfect ACT score for Tate

Eric Tate was confident after taking the ACT test for the second time on Feb. 11.

But he didn’t expect a perfect score, the first in at least a decade for a Monticello High School student.

Interim superintendent may continue another year at D-W

The DeLand-Weldon school board hired a consultant last month to help with its superintendent search, but has decided it will be up to the new board to be elected April 4 to decide the timeline of the search.

CG board discusses upcoming referendum question

As the vote for the Cerro Gordo school renovations and addition rapidly approaches, board members expressed optimism about the possible outcome at their monthly meeting March 15.

Subdivision planned on Kirby campus

A 104-unit subdivision is being proposed for 32 aces of Kirby Medical Center-owned property near the Monticello hospital.

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